This coming Sunday night, we have the great privilege of hosting a Community Worship Service. Believers from The Bridge, Calvary, Cook, St. David Missionary, Emmanuel, First Baptist, LifeChurch.LA, and Temple will join together to celebrate our resurrected Lord! We will worship and fellowship together as one body of Christ. Why can we do this? Because we are bound by the blood of Christ and the truth of His Word!
While there might be some differences of belief among our churches, we collectively affirm core doctrines of the Christian faith. As a matter of fact, our ministerial group subscribes to the following statement of faith:
- We believe the Bible is the perfect word of God.
- We believe there is one God who has made Himself known to us in three ways: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
- We believe Jesus is God and uniquely the Son of God. He was born of a literal virgin. He lived on earth 100% God and 100% man. We believe He died literally on the cross for the sins of the world, and that He literally arose from the grave. We believe He literally ascended back to heaven and that someday He will literally, physically return again (the second coming).
- We believe salvation is found only in Jesus Christ. We believe each person must choose to personally place his or her faith in Christ and to find salvation in Him. This faith involves repentance, mental acceptance and the surrender of one’s life to Christ.
- We believe Heaven is real and wonderful and that it is only for those who trust in Christ during their life here on this earth. We also believe Hell is real and horrible and that anyone who fails to accept Christ in this lifetime will spend eternity in Hell separated from God.
These convictions undergird our cooperation and worship together. Without this doctrinal integrity, we would not be able to experience true unity. (Oh, I wish more churches would embrace such a biblical stance!)
I pray you will join us this Sunday night at 6 p.m. in our Sanctuary Bro. Jeff Smart, Senior Pastor, Cook Baptist Church, will bring the message while our worship team (along with a combined choir from other churches) will lead our music experience. Let’s come together with our Ruston brothers and sisters in Christ for this Easter celebration!
And after a great trip to the Holy Land, I will be back in the pulpit Sunday morning! See you then!